Southern Decadence is for many in the New Orleans gay community an even bigger celebration than the city's Mardi Gras celebration each winter. I made my first trip ever to New Orleans during the 1993 Decadence celebration - and I met my first serious boyfriend during the weekend. So I suppose I have a sentimental bias toward these five days of parties and revelry, but I'm clearly not alone: Decadence draws more than 120,000 visitors each year.
A number of New Orleans hotels offer special deals during Southern Decadence, and as there have been a number of Isaac-related cancellations this year, it's not a bad idea to shop around for last-minute deals. Check out my article on the best places to stay in New Orleans, as well as my preview of Southern Decadence 2012.